Top Ten Most Powerful Characters In Middle Earth

The Top Ten
1 Eru Ilivitar

He created everything and he is God, so he's #1 obviously.

He is God. No dispute.

2 Morgoth (Melkor)

Even though Iluvatar is more powerful, I chose Morgoth because he's the most powerful of the Valar.

He subjugated millions of Elves, brainwashed 2/3 of all Men and made them the Haradrim and Rhun-Men (Easterlings). Morgoth had three servants more powerful than all Ainur except the 14: Thuringwethil, the beautiful she-Vampire, Gothmog, the Powerful, and Sauron, the Feared (Mairon the Admirable). He was also seen to be around 100ft tall in many works of art, although it is more likely he was 20ft. Imagine a 30m tall black metal monster with a giant fire scepter walking towards you (for scale, Annatar Sauron is around 3m tall, the average human male is 1.6m, and the height of a T-Rex is 15m).

Morgoth was the origin of evil. Sauron expended his (tiny) power in the War of Wrath, shown to be millions of times weaker than Morgoth's as he ran away like a little weasel while Gothmog and Thuringwethil were killed by warriors of good, and Morgoth was imprisoned into a 5cm ring of gold, whereas Morgoth expended it into the entire world. That's why Morgoth lost the War of Wrath. Sauron piggybacked off Morgoth's creation of evil and used his foot soldiers, dragons, and Balrogs as lieutenants. Morgoth created all evil, Sauron just manipulated it. In this way, Morgoth can never die.

3 Tulkas

He defeated morgoth easily...enough said

4 Manwe Sulimo
5 Ulmo

He is the Lord of water.

6 Aule
7 Orome
8 Namo

The ruler of the death.

9 Lady Galadriel

She is not so strong to be No. 2.

10 Sauron Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Originally a servant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Morgoth was later defeated and Sauron fled. He later came back to Middle Earth and took over as the new Dark Lord by using a Ring of Power. He was later trapped by having his Ring of Power cut off his finger. He lived in a shapeless form. Sauron was remanifested as a necromancer and after being banished by a group of elves and wizards, Sauron took over the mind of Saruman. They went out and searched for the Ring. Sauron was finally defeated in the War of the Ring.

He should be above Galadriel in power. I mean, Galadriel is powerful, no question, but she couldn't KILL Sauron. All she could do was banish him... and she had a hard time doing even that.

Smartest of Melkors servants, only he could have thought up to use the rings to control middle earth

The Contenders
11 Tom Bombadil

Very true that Iluvitar is God in Tolkien's world, but Tolkien kind of hinted that Bombadil was something like "Iluvitar's baby brother", with essentially more power than anyone/anything else, but not caring to actually wield it in any way except to be left alone.

None of the characters can use the One Ring without it affecting them. The only one who is more powerful is Tom Bombadil the ring has no effect on him. He is older and more powerful than it.

I agree with you, Tom Bombadil has a lot of power, but never uses it in helpful ways unless to himself.

12 Gandalf Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White, is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He was an Istar, sent by the West in the Third Age to combat the threat of Sauron, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West. He is portrayed by Ian McKellen in the live action movies.

In his true form

He knew most things about the sauron and what happened before the lord of the rings/hobbit

13 Aragon
14 Legolas Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.

I think he is definitely the strongest...

15 Galadriel Galadriel is a character created by J.R.R. Tolkien, appearing in his Middle-earth legendarium. She was one of the greatest of the Eldar in Middle-earth, and surpassed nearly all others in beauty, knowledge, and power. She was also the bearer of Nenya, one of the three Elven rings of power. In film, more.
16 Gandalf The White

Nothing to be said, he was so strong in return of the king and he didn't even harness his full potential

17 Ancalagon the Black

Largest character in middle earth. Nearly destroyed all of northern middle earth when he landed on (and crushed) a volcanic mountain chain.

He's a bloody big dragon

Not even in top ten?

18 The Balrog

The balrog/Maiar known as Durin's bane singlehandedly destroyed the dwarven kingdom of Moria and also defeated Gandalf the Grey (another powerful Maiar) in its final fight (dying in the process). Out of all the beings in Middle Earth (during the third age anyway), it was definitely one of the most powerful, it should be higher. How can Legolas or Aragorn be higher? It's like comparing a tank to a pistol. If Gandalf hadn't been with the fellowship, all of them would have been killed with ease by the Balrog.

Man he is op, I mean he's not the strongest of characters but I don't know many who could beat him

19 Elrond
20 Smaug Smaug is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit. In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, he was portrayed via motion capture by Benedict Cumberbatch.
21 The Witch King, King of the Nazguls
22 Saruman of Many Colours Saruman the White is a fictional character and a major antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. In the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was portrayed by Sir Christopher Lee.
23 Fingolfin
24 Ungoliant

"And still she thirsted, and going to the Wells of Varda she drank them dry; but Ungoliant belched forth black vapours as she drank, and swelled to a shape so vast and hideous that Melkor was afraid."

She basically consumed everything and a being that brings fear to the embodiment of evil says A LOT.

Probably #2, only behind Illuvatar. Possibly Bombadil was powerful enough to force her out of his personal realm and leave him alone. Not enough known about Tulkas to know what he would do against her.

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